John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon’s killer was again denied parole in New York, nearly 30 years after gunning down the ex-Beatle outside the musician’s New York City apartment building.

A parole board decided not to release Mark David Chapman after interviewing him Tuesday by teleconference at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

It was Chapman’s sixth appearance before the board since becoming eligible for parole in 2000. He will be eligible again in 2012.

Chapman, 55, had been scheduled to appear last month, but the hearing was postponed by parole officials, who said at the time they were awaiting additional information. They did not elaborate.

After Tuesday’s decision, the board wrote to Chapman that it remains concerned about “the disregard you displayed for the norms of our society and the sanctity of human life when, after careful planning, you travelled to New York for the sole purpose of killing John Lennon.”

The panel said “release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”

Among those who have opposed his release is Lennon’s now 77-year-old widow, Yoko Ono, who said last month that she believed Chapman is a potential threat to her family and perhaps himself.

A call seeking comment from a spokesman for Ono was not immediately returned.

The former maintenance man from Hawaii was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after firing five shots outside Lennon’s Manhattan building on Dec. 8, 1980, hitting Lennon four times in front of his wife and others. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

At his last parole hearing, in 2008, Chapman told the panel he was ashamed and sorry for what he had done and had since developed a deeper understanding of the value of a human life.

He said he had been seeking notoriety and fame to counter feelings of failure.

After that interview, parole officials noted that Chapman had not been disciplined in prison since 1994 and said he had adjusted to his incarceration. But they denied release “due to concern for the public safety and welfare,” according to the written decision.

Chapman was informed of the panel’s most recent finding a few hours after the hearing. The state Division of Parole is expected to release a transcript of the interview within the next several days.

Lennon would have turned 70 this October.

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  • EdSullivan

    He will never be released. There would be at least a million people waiting at the prison gate to ‘greet’ him.

  • rainbow51

    That animal planned what he was going to do 3 months before. He didn’t do it as a spur of the moment. H e is a cold calculating murderer that should stay in prison till he dies. I would be very conerned for John Lennon’s family if he ever got out.

  • z z zodiac

    If you hunt someone down to kill them you should spend your entire life in jail. If you think he has paid for his crime you are misguided.

  • Elvis Presley

    Who cares about John Lennon except for those stoners that still live in a foggy dream… Dude paid for his crime and I don’t see how killing John Lennon would be any different than killing any other person.

    • Mechicabota

      If he gets out, he’ll be murdered for sure. He’s better in jail.

      PS: I’m not a stoner and I don’t live in a foggy dream, and I care about Lennon. So, me, that’s who.

    • Beatlehead

      He killed a great musical genius. We will never get to hear what songs he could have written and John will never get to hug his children again or see his grandchildren. So why should we let his murderer have that chance? It wouldn’t be fair to Yoko or any of the Beatle’s families to have to live in fear of any more tragedy.This man is a premeditative killer. I am glad he is not stalking among us. I care deeply about John Lennon and his memory. I am not a stoner and the only person living in a foggy dream is Chapman if he thinks he can ever be safely released after what he did. I care about John Lennon’s soul. He was a kind, loving and generous man. His soul would not have peace if Chapman was out. He deserves better than that from the justice system. As he wrote, ” Give peace a chance..” His karma is good. Chapman’s soul is already doomed to hell for eternity.

    • winston o boogie

      elvis you silly silly blue meanie you!!!

  • Teagan

    no, it should be done the Canadian way! Drown him in a vat of maple syrup!

  • Biffer

    Do to him what they did to Leonardio DiCaprio at the end of Shutter Island!

  • John

    What a great State New York is. We keep people who are borderline Mentally Ill in prison forever after a Murder but release those who kill Cops routinely.

  • ttt

    Wait, Wait, let me check…. Is John Lennon still dead? Yep, No parole for you!

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